Kathryn Johnston, a 92 year old black woman, was shot 39 times as plainclothes Atlanta narcotics officers broke into her home on Nov. 26, 2006. The warrant was obtained using false information and the officers involved planted evidence afterward to cover up their lies. For more go to previous posts here.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
An Atlanta police officer convicted of lying to investigators about the Kathryn Johnston shooting was sentenced Thursday to four years and six months in prison, as well as six months on probation.
The sentence, handed down by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson, was close to the maximum of five years in prison.
Police detective Arthur Bruce Tesler, 42, spoke on his own behalf at the sentencing hearing. Earlier this week, he was convicted of lying but acquitted of two other charges stemming from the botched drug raid in which the 92-year-old Johnston was killed in a hail of police gunfire.
"I'm truly sorry for what happened," Tesler said. "I want to do as much as I can to see that it never happens again." Tesler said he hopes the community around Johnston's Neal Street home and her family can heal.
Prosecutors sought the maximum five-year prison term, while Tesler's attorney asked for the minimum one year in prison.
Full story here.